ERIC Number: ED437905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-May
Improving Transfer of Learning in a Computer Based Classroom.
Davis, Jay Bee
This report describes a program for improving the transfer of the learning of different techniques used in computer applications. The targeted population consisted of sophomores and juniors in a suburban high school in a middle class community. The problem was documented through teacher surveys, student surveys, anecdotal records and behavioral checklists. Analysis of probable causes revealed that students lack motivation, have an inability to organize their thinking, and lack confidence and prior knowledge of computer applications. Faculty reported that students have inability to share ideas and knowledge, that they easily give up on a problem, and have difficulty transferring techniques from one problem to another. A review of research literature suggested that students are not taught how to transfer and that transfer will happen on its own. Students do not have a mental working model of the actual workplace setting and do not understand how their present learning will transfer into a real world problem. A review of solutions strategies by researchers in the field, combined with an analysis of the problem setting resulted in the selection of three major categories of intervention: provide a real world problem for the students to solve, demonstrate computer application techniques that transfer from one application to another, and make the students more aware of their own thinking. Post intervention data indicated that the targeted students demonstrated an improvement of their transfer of learning skills. (Contains 26 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Masters Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University & IRI/Skylight.